I'm a new mac user really (really) struggling to learn the mac keyboard shortcuts. One that is just killing me right now is navigating forms in Chrome.

Say I hit Tab to go to the next element in a form. When i hit Shift+Tab to try to return to that element, instead of going back up the form, Chrome navigates to the previous tab.

How do I fix this? My strong preference is for Shift-Tab to simply reverse-navigate the form - that is pretty standard behavior..

  • Does Tab forward work correctly? Can you Tab and Shift+Tab in safari, or firefox?
    – level42
    May 2, 2014 at 16:30
  • Yeah, I can tab forward and Shift+Tab backward in firefox.
    – doub1ejack
    May 2, 2014 at 17:48

2 Answers 2


As a workaround, or just to check whether the problem is with Google Chrome or something else, install this extension.

To configure it to go to the last input, type in Shift + Tab in Shortcut Key and as the Action, click Browser Action > Inner Page Action > Focus on the previous input element.

You could also try Reset Browser Settings and then try going back in a form in Incognito Mode - +Shift+N

  • Sweet. Shortcut Manager did the trick nicely. Still seems weird that I needed an extension for that, but so be it. I suspect I'll get more use out of that extension in the future too.
    – doub1ejack
    May 5, 2014 at 14:44

They work for me. Out of curiosity, under the Window menu, what is the keyboard shortcut for "Select Next Tab" and "Select Previous Tab"?

Edit (because I'm an idiot and misused SO): If they aren't ⌥ + ⌘ + → and ⌥ + ⌘ + ←, then something's wrong. Check System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and see if they've been redefined there; otherwise, perhaps one of your extensions hijacked ⇧ + <tab>?

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